Modi government distances itself from Union minister Hegde's remarks on Constitution

We do not know their bloodline.

"Seculars do not know what their blood is".

"A few people say the Constitution mentions the word secular, so you have to agree".

Ahead of the Winter Session proceedings, Hegde also said that the 'Constitution is supreme to me'.

Taking offence, the ruling Congress in the state has challenged the BJP to contest the upcoming Karnataka Assemby election in 2018, on Hegde's claims, to change the Constitution.

Pattedar said that he announced the "bounty" because the comment made by Hegde had pained Dalits, Muslims, backward classes and secular people.

"Hypocrite BJP, which pretends to respect Ambedkar's Constitution, is showing its true colours as it embarks on a sinister mission to alter the ethos of the Constitution", they said, asking whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would respond to it. We are committed to it and secularism. "The judgement came in the context of the destruction of the Babri Masjid and the dismissal of four state governments by the Centre and implementation of President's rule", said Sanjay Hegde. You (Congress) did not allow Baba Saheb Ambedkar to contest polls.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaking outside the Parliament also disowned her fellow minister's remarks and said, "The government has already said it is not on the same page with Hedge".

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to make a statement on the Jadav episode in Parliament on Thursday. "They don't know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals", he mocked. "We are here to change the Constitution and we'll change it", he added. Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anant Kumar Hegde kicked off the storm with his controversial comment at the Brahmin Yuva Parishad Programme in Koppal district.

There was no word yet on the BJP pulling up its minister or distancing itself from his remarks. Naidus attempts to continue the Question Hour did not deter the Congress members from protesting as several of them trooped into the Well shouting slogans.

As soon as the House met for the day, some Shiv Sena members raised slogans against Pakistan, apparently over the treatment of the family members of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, imprisoned there.

As the protests continued unabated, Mahajan asked the members to return to their seats. Let the government decide.

"Either Hegde should apologise in both Houses and to the nation or the prime minister should take a decision on whether such people should continue", Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad said, as per Times of India.

  • Joey Payne